Rumors of War (Children of the Promise - Vol 1) (Children of the Promise #1)
The elders could see nothing but smoke until they turned the corner onto the
street where the fire was. And then, both of them stopped. "The
synagogue!" Elder Thomas said. It had never occurred to him that anyone -
even the Nazis - would do such a thing.
Elder Thomas got his camera out. He snapped the shot but then heard
someone say, in German, "What are you doing there?"
BUT this series was nothing like that. The story takes place during WWII and starts out in Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake (where I grew up) with a typical LDS family whose dad is the Bishop. These are very real characters that I grew to love. I've said before I have only read 2 books in my life where I sobbed. I cried so hard reading these...more
I actually had to read it. When I was at BYU I signed up for an LDS Literature class. My thought was: Really, how hard could reading a lot of Jack Weyland be? But you know what? That was a super awesome class! And we didn't even read 'Charly'.
The name 'LDS Lit' wasn't e...more
The entire series is well researched and in depth. He does a good job of placing characters in many of the important events of the war (sometimes he's even a little too obvious about it). The characters are multi-faceted and develo...more
1) I'm usually not a big fan of LDS fiction. It tends to be kinds dorky and a little too in-your-face spiritual. Not to mention badly written. But I liked this book. It wasn't like that at all.
2) I took a creative writing class from Dean Hughes, and he's totally and completely awesome. I'll try not to let that fact slant my review.
I really liked this novel. It has well developed characters and story line, and it's super clear that Hughes did his research (it's a...more
It also had many gospel concepts that were great to reflect on and learn more about. Two that have stuck with me since I finished. First that I have a great heritage. In the books t...more
I had to laugh, a little, when I realised that after reading (well, listening to) several of the "Hearts of the Children" series that I had become engrossed in what essentially amounts to and LDS literary soap opera. But Hughes has definitely done his homework, ma...more
Opening the novel, I was able t...more
There is this family who are the main characters in the story. It's the Thomas family. The dad is the stake president for the LDS church for their...more
I enjoyed the book. I found it interesting to read about a different era in LDS history than what we usually hear about. While this series is centered around a fictional family, the non-fiction parts are well researched. I learned more about WWII and what was going on in the church during that time.
On the downside.......sometimes I got bored. The editing probably could have been a little tighter,...more
Well, I did it. I'm not a super fan of the LDS fiction genre. It's generally super cheesy and unrealistic and preachy. But I love historical fiction, and Rumors of War delivered a great story. Set in the years leading up to World War II, the story details the lives of members of the fictional Thomas family. The tale switches from Alex, serving a mission in Germany, to Bobbi, engaged to the perfect man (according to her family, at...more
The characters were well developed and intriguing. I liked that it showed the war from different perspe...more
That being said, I wasn't always a fan of the author's tempo or writing style; it felt a bit jumpy to me. I also didn't like how the book just dropped off. For me, I...more